Cook Is­lands pris­oner al­legedly shoots him­self end­ing Po­lice stand­off

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Avarua: A stand­off be­tween Po­lice and an es­caped pris­oner in the Cook Is­lands has ended. Christo­pher Ri­mamotu es­caped from prison on Raro­tonga yes­ter­day while on a day re­lease for a com­mu­nity work scheme and is be­lieved to have fa­tally shot two peo­ple while on the run. Un­con­firmed re­ports said Ri­mamotu al­legedly shot him­self while holed up in an aban­doned house in Vaima’anga and had been dead for some hours.

In a state­ment, the Po­lice said the sit­u­a­tion was con­tained but that no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion would be re­leased while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way. Ri­mamotu had served one-and-a-half years of a seven-year sen­tence for kid­nap­ping and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a young girl. RNZI RNZI

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